If you are looking to add an easy bit of summer charm to your home or office cubicle space, consider these simple and inexpensive faux daisy magnets. These only take a few hours to create but look so fun when finished. Create a set for yourself or one to give as a gift.
For this project, you will need:
– One inch faux or silk daisies (available at craft supply shops)
– 1/8 inch thick sheet of crafting wood (available at craft supply shops)
– Jigsaw or other tool used to cut crafting wood
– Medium or fine grit sandpaper
– Tack cloth or other soft cloth
– Krylon Indoor Outdoor Primer in All-Purpose White
– Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in a coordinating color
– Hot glue gun and glue sticks
– Adhesive backed magnetic tape strips
– Newspaper and/or a large drop cloth
To start, cover the space in which you will be crafting with several sheets of old newspaper or a large drop cloth. Lay the sheet of 1/8 inch thick crafting wood out flat. Use a ruler and a pencil to create two inch squares on the wood. With a jigsaw or other tool used to cut crafting wood, carefully cut out each of the squares individually. Sand the wood using a sheet or two of medium or fine grit sandpaper. Wipe down each square with a tack cloth or other soft cloth to remove dirt and grit after sanding.
Place each of the two inch wooden squares flat on the work area. Prime one side of each square with a full coat of Krylon Indoor Outdoor Primer in All-Purpose White. Let the primed wood dry for a half an hour before flipping each square over and priming the opposite side. Let the pieces set for about an hour before proceeding. Paint both sides of each wooden square with a Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in a coordinating color of your choice. Set for thirty to forty-five minutes before adding a second coat of paint and drying for two hours.
Use scissors to cut off the stems from the faux daisies. This cut should be made to make the flower itself as close to flat as possible. Heat up the hot glue gun. Apply a dab to the back of each flower. Adhere one flower to the center of one painted wooden square. Cool completely.
Remove the paper backing from one piece of magnetic tape. Apply a dab of glue to the adhesive portion and adhere to the back of one daisy square. Repeat this process for the remaining pieces. Cool completely before using.